Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Buying,Norfolk- VA http://www.zillow.com/advice/Norfolk-VA/home-buying/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate How far below asking price can we go? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-far-below-asking-price-can-we-go/566422/ We fell in love with this home and it is priced at $259,900 but we think that it is too high for the neighborhood because other homes have sold recently for $163,000, $145,000, $126,000 and $204,000 being the highest in the area. This is our first home and would just like a second opinion, we love our Realtor but we just really want to buy this house, and want to know if that's possible if we put an offer at $225,000. Thank you !<br \><br \>8 replies Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-far-below-asking-price-can-we-go/566422/ 2014-11-12T23:27:00Z How far below asking price can we go? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-far-below-asking-price-can-we-go/566422/ We fell in love with this home and it is priced at $259,900 but we think that it is too high for the neighborhood because other homes have sold recently for $163,000, $145,000, $126,000 and $204,000 being the highest in the area. This is our first home and would just like a second opinion, we love our Realtor but we just really want to buy this house, and want to know if that's possible if we put an offer at $225,000. Thank you !<br \><br \>8 replies Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-far-below-asking-price-can-we-go/566422/ 2014-11-12T23:27:00Z When to start looking? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-to-start-looking/549689/ We have about 8 months on our lease and have decided that buying makes more since then renting. We would be looking for something close to Norfolk Naval Station with 200k being out top budget.<br \><br \>3 replies Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-to-start-looking/549689/ 2014-07-15T01:39:00Z Home Square Footage http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-Square-Footage/510152/ Does the state of Virginia or the City of Norfolk have any laws stating how advertised home square footage is calculated? I am buying a home and the MLS stated square footage includes the garage. I was under the impression that the garage did not count as living area unless it was heated/cooled. Does a listing agent not have to verify the advertised square footage prior to listing it in MLS? If so where can I find that in writing.<br \><br \>3 replies Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-Square-Footage/510152/ 2013-09-05T21:17:00Z Hi,we are moving to Norfolk VA 23511 next Aug. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hi-we-are-moving-to-Norfolk-VA-23511-next-Aug/467684/ We want to buy a house with 2 and half bathrooms,and 3 bedrooms .My requirement on the house is that it should be close to the place where I go to work and has a good&nbsp; school area(elementary school).I am doing research so early just trying to get the most alike house&nbsp;as I mentioned before.<br/>Thank you for your help!<br \><br \>3 replies Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hi-we-are-moving-to-Norfolk-VA-23511-next-Aug/467684/ 2012-11-07T20:52:00Z March 21 - Using a Renovation Loan http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/March-21-Using-a-Renovation-Loan/483825/ [Self promotion and hotlink removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.zillow.com/howto/GoodNeighborPolicy.htm">Good Neighbor Policy</a></u>&nbsp;for more information.]<br \><br \>0 replies Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/March-21-Using-a-Renovation-Loan/483825/ 2013-03-20T15:41:00Z How do I get comparables? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-get-comparables/455698/ 2 replies Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-get-comparables/455698/ 2012-08-15T20:37:00Z How do you properly perform a "subject to" pitch to a seller or motivated seller? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-properly-perform-a-subject-to-pitch-to-a-seller-or-motivated-seller/449788/ 2 replies Thu, 05 Jul 2012 20:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-properly-perform-a-subject-to-pitch-to-a-seller-or-motivated-seller/449788/ 2012-07-05T20:02:00Z Is it safe conduct a "subject to" buy or is it too risky? Please help. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-safe-conduct-a-subject-to-buy-or-is-it-too-risky-Please-help/449949/ 5 replies Fri, 06 Jul 2012 21:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-safe-conduct-a-subject-to-buy-or-is-it-too-risky-Please-help/449949/ 2012-07-06T21:26:00Z Should I refinance my condo to VA 3/1 hybrid arm? I just refi'd last yr to 30 yr fixed at 5%. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-I-refinance-my-condo-to-VA-3-1-hybrid-arm-I-just-refi%27d-last-yr-to-30-yr-fixed-at-5/377413/ I originally had loan for $268,000, but lived in it for 3 yrs and ten refinanced in 2009. It was a VA streamline loan. Now I have a choice of doing a VA streamline again, but I'm considering the 3:1 hybrid arm cause I will be putting more into principle then interest.<br \><br \>4 replies Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-I-refinance-my-condo-to-VA-3-1-hybrid-arm-I-just-refi%27d-last-yr-to-30-yr-fixed-at-5/377413/ 2010-12-10T19:02:00Z What are the rules for using 'gift funds' for first time buyer's down payment? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-the-rules-for-using-%27gift-funds%27-for-first-time-buyer%27s-down-payment/357129/ Our bank would only accept 'gift funds' for 10% of the down payment; the rest as well as the closing costs had to come from our own resources. My husband's father was going to cover 20% for our down, but we could not qualify unless we used our own funds. We use a credit union, so is this the rule in mortgage lending?<br \><br \>6 replies Fri, 09 Jul 2010 16:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-the-rules-for-using-%27gift-funds%27-for-first-time-buyer%27s-down-payment/357129/ 2010-07-09T16:06:00Z a lot of house zestments have had them removed along with the bought and sold info. Why is that? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/a-lot-of-house-zestments-have-had-them-removed-along-with-the-bought-and-sold-info-Why-is-that/354908/ <p>In Norfolk houses listed with realtors often have all the zillow zestiment and bought and sold information removed. How can I see this information?</p><br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 23 Jun 2010 14:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/a-lot-of-house-zestments-have-had-them-removed-along-with-the-bought-and-sold-info-Why-is-that/354908/ 2010-06-23T14:31:00Z Finding a realtor when youre not in the area.... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Finding-a-realtor-when-youre-not-in-the-area/347145/ &nbsp;&nbsp; Hello All- Im going to be in the market to buy in Virgina this fall, and I feel I have a very good plan of attack to get a fair deal. I understand that word of mouth is the very best way to find an agent, and I certainly would use those resources if I had the chance. The issue is that Im currently living over seas, and dont know anyone in my prospective area that can offer me an recommendation. Also, in my case, I think a Realtor is going to be even more important because I plan on closing remotely via email/fax (after seeing&nbsp; and bidding on the property in person of course). So, a quality agressive&nbsp; Realtor is a must. <br/>&nbsp;&nbsp; Does anyone know of any safe way for me to find a Realtor to go through if i dont have the benefit of word of mouth? Im not really looking for specific names in this reply, because I think answers would be biased but just thoughts on the best way. <br/><br/><br/>&nbsp;Thanks all...<br \><br \>6 replies Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Finding-a-realtor-when-youre-not-in-the-area/347145/ 2010-04-26T03:20:00Z Purchasing another home http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Purchasing-another-home/244195/ If I currently have a home that is being rented out for just under <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage/">mortgage</a> and I plan to move back to the area, would it be better to purchase another home and keep the renters, or move back into the home. Either way, I intend to pay off this house in roughly 3 years free and clear. If I should purchase another home, should I do a straight mortage, or use the equity in my existing home to purchase the new house?<br \><br \>2 replies Tue, 09 Jun 2009 15:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Purchasing-another-home/244195/ 2009-06-09T15:45:00Z